Bring your lunch and curiosity to talk about ideas, stories, and concepts with fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. This month we’ll watch a video from 2013 of Bernie Krause talking about what we can learn through nature's symphonies. An informal discussion will follow the viewing.
An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers.
Andrew Yancy has a human arm in his freezer. There's a logical explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner. Yancy is pretty sure there’s a murder in this somewhere, but he must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters!
Invest just over an hour of your time, and walk away with a solid knowledge of the Library’s collection of more than twenty investment letter subscriptions covering stocks, mutual funds, commodities, turnaround situations, technical analysis and market timing. Discover particular strengths of each newsletter.
Join us for our bi-annual Mechanics' Institute community gathering to meet fellow members, staff, and trustees. Hear from the staff about new plans and programs, technology updates, and our efforts to improve your experience as members. Your participation is welcome.
This lively musical retelling of Dickens’ classic has a stellar cast that includes Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, and Dame Edith Evans and features music by composer Leslie Bricusse.
Join San Francisco Opera and Litquake in an on-stage conversation between Mr. Getty and Litquake co-founder Jane Ganahl, about the process of adapting a venerable work of literature into a vibrant piece of music for the stage.
Learn about the Instagram's history, trends, affiliations, and features in this 101-level class.
Yourcenar reimagines the Emperor Hadrian's arduous boyhood, his triumphs and reversals, and finally, as emperor, his gradual reordering of a war-torn world. This is the first of two meetings discussing this work.
Want to research your family history? Now’s your chance with our new subscription to the Ancestry database which provides access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. The class will provide tips on searching and how to decipher the records, and plenty of time for hands-on practice.
Come celebrate ZYZZYVA's annual Winter Issue Celebration and Holiday Party, being held for the first time at ZYZZYVA's new home, the Mechanics' Institute!
When chalk circles containing increasingly bizarre objects begin to appear on the pavement in neighborhoods around Paris, everyone except Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg thinks they are entertaining pranks.
Join us for a spirited celebration of Dylan Thomas' prose work, A Child's Christmas in Wales.
This Pulitzer Prizewinning book details the five mass extinctions that have occurred over the last half billion years, and introduces the reader to scientists who are currently monitoring the sixth extinction – projected to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs...but this time around, the cataclysm is us.
Yourcenar reimagines the Emperor Hadrian's arduous boyhood, his triumphs and reversals, and finally, as emperor, his gradual reordering of a war-torn world. This is the second of two meetings discussing this work.
Hors d'oeuvres, gourmet cheeses, delectable desserts, and tempting libations!
Writing is a lonely business! In an effort to encourage community and networking amongst our writers' community the Mechanics' Institute will host a casual brown-bag lunch on the 3rd Friday of every month.
Hear three perspectives on where we've been, what it's been like and how we finally got to legal aid-in-dying in California. Join retired physician/activist Robert Liner, ethicist/editor Steve Heilig and author/blogger Fran Moreland Johns for a lively discussion of a no-longer-morbid subject.